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98 Xlt Radio Removal

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      OLDJIMMYBONES Active Member

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      hi, does anyone know how to remove the radio out of a 98 xlt?

      the only thing i can find around here says about using, these keys with 4 holes, but i dont have the holes on my radio

      also how ever you do it what can i use instead of how its supposto be done, because i dont have any keys to remove
       
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      if its anything like my old 95, it has 4 holes in it. i just used a bent metal coat hanger to remove the radio. just shove the hanger ends into the 4 holes and with a bit of wiggling it should come out.
       
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      also can i take the cd changer out of the console?
       
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      i read that in a thread, and bent a hanger in to 2 u shapes and went out to my car to realize there arent any holes, so i have no idea now
       
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      You took off the front panel already, right?
       
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      no i tryed but it feld like it was going to snap, where does it clip from?

      i have the same exact car as you, so you'd prob know
       
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      i do know.. lol, there's two screws right above the temp controls, take those out.. and slowly pry off the panel, when its a lil bit off, unplug ur controls, like the rear wiper, cig lighter, 4x4 if equiped.. ect do u have a camera?
       
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      take those bolts out, take the panel off, remove plugs.. it should be pretty straight foward from there, ur new stereo should come with everything, you need an install kit and wire harness adapter (unless you know how to direct wire things, which isn't recommended for this) says ford anyways.. mines direct wired
       
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      i got the dash kit and a kenwood harness, i was just going to cut the wires and wire them together, i would get a harness adapter for an explorer but i just want this installed
       
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      What are you doing now? Hows progress?
       
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      not too good, i have to get some wire to extend the harness, and my girl had to take the car to work, but i have a hide away unit and its prity big so i have to put it under the seat or somthing so i need to extend the wires about 5 feet, i have a kvt819 and it didnt come with a harness so i bought a regular 6in kenwood 16pin harness so i got to go to home depot or somwhere to get wire to extend the harness longenough to go under the seat

      but i got the face of the dash off with those 2 black bolts <- felt a little retarded that i didnt see those before
       
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      I know the feeling, don't worry about it. It happens.
       
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      oh, do i not have those 4 holes because i have the radio with the 6 cd changer? + i got the BROKEN cd changer out of the console, had to take appart the whole center console

      thanks for all the help so far
       
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      Mine never came with the cd changer, I'm curious though.. do you have the sun roof too?
      What engine? 4.0L?
       
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      i got the 5.0 awd, and i got a sunroof, i got the sticker that was on the car when it was 1st bought and it says moon roof but it i think its a sun roof (one slides and 1 lifts this does both......maby im wrong)
       
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      Who knows, who cares.. you got a freakin window roof! =P I want one so bad..
       
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      well on the carfax it said it was a company fleet vehicle, so i think it had close to all the options, but it dosent have the msg center and an alarm, but when i took appart the concole i there was a loose harness so i think maby somone took it out and replaced with the reg concole and maby i just dont have the alarm pad, or maby it just didnt have them. i just hope the sunroof dosent leak, my last car it was like there wasent even glass there, when it rained, i was getting wet
       
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      In my experience, if you don't have a certain option. Your truck still has a spot or wiring harness for it. Hell, you ever notice the 4x4 switch wire harness that goes to nothing behind your stereo panel?
       
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      im bored
       
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      They require a lot of work to get up and running, a lot of wiring sensors up.
      You'll love that V8 though, it's in fact the same block used in the 5.0 Mustangs.
      There's a crap load of after market options for your truck. I highly suggest upgrading your tires from the p235 to 31" tires, you'll most likely have no rubbing issues at all, IMO the handling is just amazing with these tires. A lot better than the old smaller ones.

      Lets see your truck man, Pictures!!!
       
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      got no pics until i get the car back in the morning, but i got the pics that the seller had on craigslist...

      the rim in the 1st pic is only one that tire the rest have the one with the 5 like ovals, and i bought a matching rim today


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      ill put legit pics on in the morning
       
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      Where are you going with this truck? Stock? Street? Off-Road?
       
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      well, at the molment im going no where, after the truck and everything else i have $2 + i have to buy wire for the radio, but no sure yet, but not really going to change the out side because i like the look of it. really im going to change the tires, hook the radio up and hope to god for snow so i can put that awd to good use.

      why, any suggestions?
       
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      31" tires no matter what you're doing with the truck.. I love em..
      Uh, after that.. you'll probably want to lift a little more, the tires give you a 1" lift by themselves... I love feeling higher.. you could lift 1-2" more for very cheap. It wouldn't be overkill. Rear lift shackles = $60 Torsion Twist up front = Free (bolts you twist to lift or lower the front, it's part of your stock suspension) you'll need an alignment though. Uh.. Air intake, the stock air intake setup is extremely restrictive. Better throttle response and better gas mileage. There's a lot to do, I mentioned a few cheap things that could make your ride unique and perform better.
       

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